Our Favourite Paleo Granola


I live with someone who used to be addicted to cereal. I mean not just in the morning, but as a snack before bed too. So, when I say it’s our favourite granola, that includes my now paleo granola converted boyfriend. My attempt to wean him off grain and sugar loaded cereals works as long as I have an alternative standing by. That means I had to come up with a recipe that was tasty but also quick and easy so I can make a big batch every week.

Cook’s notes: You can use a variety of nuts and seeds in this recipe and a different type of dried fruit. Some nuts and seeds contain fairly high amounts of Omega-6 fatty acids. Macadamia nuts have the lowest amount but can be quite expensive. Our rule is to have plenty of Omega-3 rich foods to create a healthy ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet. We granola every third day instead of making it a daily breakfast meal.

I also try to ‘activate’ nuts and seeds by soaking them in water  with a pinch of salt or a teaspoon of vinegar for 7-10 hours. I then rinse and pat dry the nuts with paper towel and spread them in a thin layer on a baking tray or two. I then dehydrate them in the oven, on very low temperature (65-70 °C/150 °F), for 3-4 hours, stirring a couple of times. It’s a weekend project but is totally worth it as you remove a lot of the phytic acid found in most nuts and seeds and activate the enzymes which assist with the digestion of nuts.  A little more on soaking nuts by Sally Fallon here.

Having said all that, most of you probably don’t have the time to do all of that so just enjoy your granola with regular nuts and limit to eating it a couple of times per week. And if cost is not a worry, then you can always buy pre-activated nuts online. 

Serve with coconut/almond milk or coconut yoghurt, coconut cream or natural full-fat yogurt if you consume some dairy and fresh berries or fruit on top. I often take a handful in a ziplock bag as a snack on the go.

Here is another, slightly different recipe I posted a while ago, paleo granola with oven-baked strawberries. 


Our Favourite Paleo Granola
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 10-12
Prep time:
Cook time:
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  • 3 cups mixed almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia and brazil nuts
  • ⅔ cup dried fruit (plums, dried cherries, cranberries, apricots, figs or dates)
  • ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • ⅔ cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened
  • ½ cup coconut flakes (if you have them)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2-3 tbsp honey (rice malt syrup, maple syrup or coconut syrup can also be used)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Optional but very nice: zest of 1 orange
  • Dollop of coconut oil or ghee
  • 1-2  tbsp chia seeds
  • You will need a food processor or some other way to break the nuts into smaller crumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 165 °C (330 °F).
  2. Add two and a half cups of whole nuts (reserve the rest as whole nuts) and the dried fruit to a food processor. Process the mixture into medium size crumbs, some of it will turn into finer flour/meal like consistency but that's what we want - a variety of shapes and sizes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining whole nuts and the rest of ingredients, excluding chia seeds. Mix well and use a wooden spoon or a spatula to break down the clumps which will form when coconut oil and honey come into contact with dry ingredients. It's ok if some of them remain unbroken.
  4. Grease a large baking tray with some coconut oil or ghee and line it with baking paper, making sure the sides are covered. Spoon the mix into the tray and flatten with a spatula.
  5. Bake in three stages. First bake for about 12 minutes and then stir the mix as the top would have browned by now. Then bake for 8-10 minutes and stir again. Finally bake for the last 4-5 minutes.
  6. Remove and let it cool completely. The mixture should have turned crispy and dark golden brown.
  7. Finally add chia seeds and transfer to an air-tight container. You can leave it out of the fridge for a few days but it will keep longer, for up to two weeks, if you refrigerate it.



    • Irena says

      Not really but you can plug in all the ingredients into a nutritional calculator on a few different sites (just Google for it) and you can get an approximate calories.

  1. Tara says


    Were there alterations made to this recipe? I made it a year ago and it didn’t have maple syrup in it but it had some almond meal in it. It also used to be sweeter. Do you still have that recipe? I really liked that one and I’m bummed I didn’t write it down. Thanks.

    • imacri says

      Hi Tara, it might have had honey the first time I made it but as I make it every few weeks, I constantly experiment. You can use either maple, honey or rice malt syrup as long as it’s sweet and sticky. Add an extra tablespoon to make it sweeter. I removed almond meal to simplify the recipe as it wasn’t really adding anything exciting and it was an extra ingredient people would have to buy. But of course you can add 3-4 tbsp to the mix if that rocked for you. I always say, I give you the foundation and you can make it your own. :-)

  2. Catherine says

    Until very recently you had a great little tool on your website that would allow me to enter a food item and it would then tell me if the item fit on the Paleo diet. It was so handy that I bookmarked your website and used it several times a week. I don’t see this anymore. Am I missing it? And thank you for that, by the way. It has been so helpful.

    • imacri says

      Hi Catherine,

      We’re going through a website redesign and phase 1 was to migrate the site to a new content management service. We had to remove the module for now as it wasn’t supported but we will include it back in when we go live with the new website. Soon! Good to know you found it useful.

  3. Jay says

    Do you have the nutritional information on the granola and how much a serve weighs ? I have made it for the second time after activating my own nuts and it is seriously one of the best granolas I have ever tasted , I can’t stop eating it

    • imacri says

      Haha, yes I know that feeling. I don’t the exact nutritional info but I should punch into a nutritional analyzer and see. I usually have about 1/2 cup with yoghurt, coconut yoghurt or coconut milk and 1/2 cup of berries or other fruit. My partner will have a bit more as he is bigger and more active.

  4. Charlotte says

    Has this recipe been edited recently? I have made this a few times now and i am sure it had almond meal in last time.. could be wrong but could someone confirm?

    • imacri says

      Hi Charlotte,

      I can’t remember if there was almond meal in this before but I do amend recipes slightly if I make it better. I know I’ve reduced the amount of coconut oil required and tried to streamline ingredients needed but I make it without almond meal and it’s as good as it’s always been. If almond meal worked for you, feel free to add it but since we grind the nuts anyway, you will find that some of them will turn into a nut meal like crumbs anyway. I hope that helps.


  5. Jessica says

    If people don’t have a food processor, they can put the nuts into a freezer/sandwich bag and then bash them with a rolling pin or equivalent! Worked for me :)


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